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My Aha! Moment
I want to thank RT for inviting me to post today. When I started reading RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine back in… well, let’s just say, it’s been awhile, I never dreamed I’d be between their covers some day. It’s quite a thrill for a reader and a daydreamer like myself.
I think most writers live inside their heads. All my life, my mind would wander at the most inopportune times – like during the nine to five grind when I was supposed to be working. I’d actually forget where I was until someone poked me and said, "Earth to Gale." Those flights of fancy, fueled by a voracious appetite for romance novels, got me through the day. Rather than being bogged down in responsibility, bureaucracy, and duty, I’d be in the arms of a deliciously sexy superhero who would take me on an entertaining out of this world escape.
If there’s one thing that rivals my love of books, it’s my love for animals. Eventually I became a card-carrying member of Defenders of Wildlife, an organization well known for its work to save endangered species. Suddenly I had that aha moment when it all comes together and Black Wolf Gorge was born. Small wonder that my first novel, Call of the Wilds, became the story of a Lycan who believes he’s the last of his kind.
Malcolm is the quintessential tortured hero with a dangerous edge. A dark, seductive alpha male, he’s sinfully good-looking, a bit arrogant and capable of bestowing multiple orgasms at a moment’s notice. He can be a lethal predator one minute and a possessive, protective lover the next. Definitely the stuff daydreams are made of.
The villainess in that book is Sable, an evil she-wolf bitch who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Halfway through writing Call of the Wilds, I realized that Sable had some redeeming qualities that needed to be explored and she became the heroine in Mating Call. Humans, twin brothers, capture her and she faces many trials at their hands. But as her character develops she becomes the catalyst that forces the men to confront their own demons.
When characters spend half their lives on four feet, it’s hard to ignore their physical drives and appetites. Non-human animals, at least the ones in Black Wolf Gorge, ignore established rules when it comes to love and sex. Their physicality and frequent mating may be part of the glue that cements their bond and resolves conflict. Mating Call is an erotic romance and it has frequent sexual encounters. The biggest challenge is to keep them unique so the story doesn’t start to sound like a how-to book. I try to focus on the characters and their personalities. Their emotional response and sexual chemistry add a whole new dimension to each scene. I think it’s great that the barriers have come down and writers can deal frankly with the sexual aspects of a story and give readers the whole package.
The saga of Black Wolf Gorge continues in Captive, due to be released on January 13th. It’s the story of Janis Outlaw, whose hopes for love and a family of her own end when she catches her boyfriend with another woman. Her hopes rise when two drop-dead sexy men walk into her office. Too bad they turn out to be gay – and Lycan.
You can find out more about the series on my website: http://galestanley.net/
And read explicit excerpts at SirenBookstrand: http://www.sirenpublishing.com/galestanley/
- Gale Stanley
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